Bob McPhail

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Bob McPhail
Personal information
Full name Robert Lowe McPhail
Date of birth (1905-10-25)25 October 1905
Place of birth Barrhead, Scotland
Date of death 24 August 2000(2000-08-24) (aged 94)
Place of death Netherlee, Scotland
Playing position Inside-left
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1923–1927 Airdrieonians (75)
1927–1940 Rangers 354 (230)
National team
1927–1937 Scotland 17 (7)
1926–1936 Scottish League XI 6 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Robert Lowe McPhail (25 October 1905 – 24 August 2000) was a Scottish professional footballer, who played for Airdrieonians, Rangers and represented Scotland.



Born in Barrhead, McPhail started his career at Glasgow Junior side Pollok. He signed for Airdrieonians forming a potent partnership with Hughie Gallacher at Broomfield Park. They won the Scottish Cup in 1924 beating Hibernian 2–0 when McPhail was aged 18. McPhail said, "The terror-like attitude of Gallacher caused havoc with the Hibs defenders. He and Russell were easily our best forwards" (Willie Russell scored both goals).[1]


McPhail was signed by Rangers in 1927 for a then substantial fee of £5,000 and went on to become one of the most prolific strikers ever to play for the club, scoring 261 goals in 408 appearances. He made his first appearance for Rangers on 13 August 1927 in a 3–2 win over Aberdeen at Pittodrie. He netted his first goals on 3 September 1927, a double in a 5–1 win over St Johnstone at Ibrox. Rangers won both the League title and the Scottish Cup in McPhail's first season with the club and he scored a total of 23 goals in 42 appearances, including a goal in the 4–0 win over Celtic in the Scottish Cup Final.

McPhail continued to be an important member of Rangers' team in what was a highly successful period for the club. During McPhail's 12 years at Ibrox, he won nine League championships and six Scottish Cups – a joint record number of Scottish Cup wins for a Rangers player (wlong with Dougie Gray) and a record shared with former Celtic stars Jimmy McMenemy and Billy McNeill. He scored a total of 230 League goals in 354 league appearances for the club, a record which stood for over 50 years before being broken by Ally McCoist in 1997.


McPhail also had a successful Scotland career, winning 17 caps and scoring 7 goals, most notably a double in a 3-1 win over England at Hampden on 17 April 1937 in front of a Hampden record crowd of 149,415. He also represented the Scottish League XI.[2]


McPhail died in 24 August 2000.[3] He was the last surviving member of the Rangers team of the late 1920s / early 1930s.

Scores and results list Scotland's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 19 September 1931 Ibrox Park, Glasgow  Ireland 3–1 3–1 BHC
2 12 September 1932 Windsor Park, Belfast  Ireland 2–0 4–0 BHC
3 12 September 1932 Windsor Park, Belfast  Ireland 3–0 4–0 BHC
4 16 September 1933 Celtic Park, Glasgow  Ireland 1–2 1–2 BHC
5 17 April 1937 Hampden Park, Glasgow  England 2–1 3–1 BHC
6 17 April 1937 Hampden Park, Glasgow  England 3–1 3–1 BHC
7 22 May 1937 Stadion Sparta-Letna, Prague  Czechoslovakia 2–1 3–1 Friendly


  1. ^ Hughie Gallacher on Queens Legends,
  2. ^ "Scotland FL Players by Appearances". London Hearts Supporters' Club. Retrieved 27 November 2011.
  3. ^ "Bob McPhail, football legend;". The Herald. Glasgow: Herald & Times Group. 29 August 2000.

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